The $242 million project would have used railways to move coal from Wyoming and Montana to the Oregon terminal, where barges would take it to the coast to be shipped to Asia, Davis writes. "The terminal, one of three export facilities planned in the Pacific Northwest, is the smallest and furthest along. Industry analysts said it had the best chance of being built. Analysts said it could fill a niche for Asian countries like South Korea willing to pay more to diversify against interruptions from more volatile suppliers such as Indonesia."
But the project met strong resistance from opponents, including Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, as well as environmental groups and Native American tribes concerned about the project's affect on fisheries, Davis writes. Ambre "has 21 days to file for an appeal before an administrative law judge, whose decision can be reviewed in state appellate courts." (Read more)